This is part of the dif­fer­ence between series.

I’ve heard some peo­ple con­fus­ing the words breath and breathe. Here’s the dif­fer­ence between the two.


Breath is a noun that refers to the air that trav­els into and out of the lungs when, well, breath­ing.

  • I took a deep breath, whis­pered, “You can do this”, and stepped onto the stage.


Breathe is a verb that refers to what you do when you take a breath.

  • Don’t breathe too quick­ly, or you might hyper­ven­ti­late.

Mem­o­ry trick: Keep in mind that breathe and verb both con­tain an E.

Which words do you con­fuse? Let me know in the com­ments below.

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About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness. Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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